Goodbye Letter to 2017

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Ok…so in just a few days we will all be saying goodbye to one year and welcoming the next. I have to start by saying that this year has by far been the most confusing one in my life. I may look like I have it all together from the outside, but to be honest, I don’t and I’m still constantly trying to figure out where to find my happiness. I officially spent more time in Italy than any other country this year, but I was able to spend more time with my family this summer than I have since moving away from home in 2012.

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Two Years of Blogging + What I’ve Learned

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I published my first blog post on November 12th, 2015 which you can find here. On that post, the photography was sub-par and the writing was short and sweet. All together I think I was a different person back then.

A lot has changed in the past 2 years: I’ve traveled more than I ever had before in my whole life, I’ve met some of the most inspirational people I’ve ever known, and I’ve seen the world in a whole new way as an expat living in Rome. Safe to say, I think I’ve grown as a person overall. I hope those who know me personally would agree.

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Enclaves & Exclaves of Italy: Campione d’Italia & San Marino

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When you hear the word “enclave” in connection to Italy, you probably think of Vatican City. An enclave is basically a country or designated piece of land within a country, and Vatican City is probably the most famous one in the world.

An exclave, on the other hand, is part of a nation that exists completely unattached to that nation. Italy happens to have a few enclaves and exclaves, and in this article I want to write a little bit about visiting one of each: the exclave of Campione d’Italia (pictured above), and the enclave of San Marino.

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